Letkeman, Denae

Funeral service will be held at 1:30PM on Friday, January 11, 2019 at the Winkler Mennonite Church. Viewing will be from 1PM-6PM on Thursday at Wiebe Funeral Home, Winkler and at the church prior to the service. Interment to follow at the Winkler Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Denae's memory to Northland Childcare Centre or Compassion Canada.

Denae Mikayla Letkeman


“Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind and love your neighbour as yourself.” Luke 10:27 Jesus’ greatest commandment, and Denae’s greatest desire in life.

Our angel Denae was gifted to us on July 23, 1994. Right from the start, we knew Denae was a special gift. Through her genuine and heartfelt love for others, the sparkle in her eyes, her infectious smile, Denae made a unique impact on all those she met.  It’s difficult to list all the qualities of Denae, noted by her family, extended family, friends, coworkers, children she babysat, their families, and anyone who had the pleasure of interacting with her. Words to describe her include, kind, caring, soft voice, patient, unconditional love, non-judgmental, selfless, would never say a negative thing about anyone, beautiful smile, compassionate, uplifting, loved well, beautiful inside and out.  She shone the light of God as a small child and until her dying day. You didn’t have to question if she cared about you. She told you, she showed you, she wrote and spoke many encouraging and loving words.

Denae accepted Jesus into her heart when she was a very young child. Her love for Him continued to grow. In her preschool days she was already telling her parents she wanted to be a missionary someday. Denae shared these words in her baptism testimony on November 13, 2011. “Going to Sunday school was something I always enjoyed, and I remember one Sunday in grade 5 some missionaries came to share at our church. After hearing about their amazing stories and how devoted they were to God, I turned to my mom and told her that I wanted to be a missionary when I grew up.  The idea of telling people about God and sharing His love with them was something that really started to excite me, and I made up my mind that I wanted to be as close and devoted to God as those missionaries.” Later that same year that young Jesus follower boarded a bus to Ontario for Bible Camp where she would continue to grow in her faith. Denae’s missionary heart didn’t take her overseas, but it lived out in each relationship and interaction she had.  She had a true servant heart and touched many lives.

Denae was also a peace maker. As a child the neighbourhood children gravitated to their house. If children were fighting, she would take them by the hand and teach them to make up.  Her dad recalls a day when a couple of neighbour boys were playing on their yard and their mom called for them to come home. The boys didn’t want to leave, so Denae, not much taller than the boys, calmly walked over and gently wrapped her arms around them, one at a time, picked them up and carried them to the end of her driveway so they would go home. She was a child that listened to her parents well and modelled that to her friends. Denae was a gift giver. Even as a small child she would wrap up gifts to give to others. Sometimes they were her favourite toys. She loved to buy or make gifts for people. Always intentional, always meaningful, always from her heart. Denae was a prayer warrior, a faithful family member and friend. Even as a small child she would pray for people struggling with addictions or for any reason. Denae continued to grow in, and share her faith as she attended youth, went on missions’ trips, taught Sunday school, and studied God’s word.

After her high school graduation Denae began working at Dollarama where she developed new friendships, which lasted until the time of her passing. She then took a job as an EA in the life skills class at the Garden Valley Collegiate. From there she decided to follow her love for small children which took her to Finland for a year to serve as an au pair/nanny. Her time in Finland was precious, she developed lasting relationships and left her beautiful mark. When she returned to Canada she worked at Dollarama again, tried out a job in home care, but found her niche and passion in loving on, caring for, and teaching children at the Winkler and NPC day cares. She had a positive impact on the children as well as her coworkers.

Denae loved bible verses and drew her strength from them. She loved having them posted in visible places as reminders of God’s love and faithfulness. She was a doodler and created many a masterpiece of art with scripture, quotes, flowers, etc. She created these beautiful treasures on paper, canvas, rocks, boxes, or wherever she could think of. Denae loved people, young, old and in between. It was beautiful to watch her relationship with her Grandma Letkeman. The 67-year age difference didn’t stand in the way of a deep, trusting, kindred spirit type of friendship. Mom has told us that her and Denae had many deep conversations and shared many secrets. Their relationship was unique, trusting, precious and beautiful! Denae invested in her faith, her family, her friends and her world. She had deep and meaningful relationships and long-lasting precious friendships. She loved to travel and created many cherished memories with her family, her friends and those she visited on her journeys. She loved to laugh, to be goofy, to play, to create.

Denae left our presence and entered her heavenly home on Thursday January 3, 2019 as a result of a motor vehicle accident. She left us much too soon for our liking, but we believe, as she did, that God is faithful, He loves us, He is gracious, He is merciful, He is good, He is good at being God, and His timing is perfect. Our beautiful Denae met her bridegroom in Heaven and what a celebration they are experiencing. She will be deeply missed by her parents, John and Helen (Froese) Letkeman, sister, Jenelle and brother-in-law, Gabe Hiebert, their children, Piper, Deacon and Knox, brother, Derek and wife, Helena (Wiebe), Grandma Margaret Letkeman, many close cousins, aunts, uncles and friends. We grieve, but not as those without hope!

Special thanks to all those who have and are praying, including those praying at the crash site. Thank you, the outpouring of support, through words, texts, phone calls, messages, memories, flowers and food.  Denae would be and we are overwhelmed by your love and support. Thank you to Wiebe Funeral Home for your caring and professional care.

Funeral service at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, January 11, 2019 at the Winkler Mennonite Church with interment at the Winkler Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Denae’s memory to Northland Childcare Centre or Compassion Canada.

Wiebe Funeral Home, Winkler

In care of arrangements




#31 Sandy McClement Sinclair 2019-01-10 07:34
Helen, John and family,
I am so very sorry to hear of your tragic loss. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.
#32 Dana Enns 2019-01-10 10:34
The news of this beautiful soul passing still shocks and devastates me. I am so blessed to have had the opportunity to work with her and have her teach my children. My child came home on the Monday before her passing with a craft that him and Denae made together, it will be forever cherished in our home. She was truly an angel here on earth and now she gained her wings. She was the most caring, patient, soft, uplifting, faith inspiring, and positive person I’ve ever known. The beautiful light that she was will never be forgotten. Denae’s parents, you should be so proud of the amazing woman you raised as she had such a profound impact on so many people.
#33 Laura Hildebrand 2019-01-10 15:55
I was shocked at the news of Danae's passing. My son was in the daycare room she worked in. She was always so kind and gentle and always smiling. She has touched many lives and her reward is in heaven. She will be missed down here. I am praying for all her friends and family for comfort and peace.
#34 Sandy 2019-01-11 00:03
While I didn't know Denae personally, I did have opportunity to meet her and work in the same area for a while. If any one thing could be said about her, it would be the joy that radiated from her being. Her love for others, genuine and transparent. She has left so much of herself with each of us, so freely.
#35 Wayne Peters 2019-01-11 10:33
Dear John and Helen.
We learned today of your great loss and Lois & I can assure you of our prayers for you. There is non that can comfort like The Holy Spirit. He is the comforter.
We are so thankful for the hope we have in our Lord & Saviour Jesus Christ.
John 11:25-26 (KJV)
25 Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: 26 And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?

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